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Newcomers of all experience levels are welcome here, so please take a minute to post a quick introduction thread and let us start getting to know you

2,612 30,883 A newbie from Central California
by rockhoundingwithkids
May 9, 2021 14:45:05 GMT -5
No New Posts Forum Technical Help and Testing - 1 Viewing

Please let us know if you need help sorting out any challenges or technical issues experienced while using this forum. Feel free to use this area for testing purposes. Unregistered guests are allowed to post in this "technical help" board if having trouble registering, or a registered member who has become locked out for technical reasons.

153 1,386 Marking threads/forums as "read"
by waterboysh
May 6, 2021 15:24:52 GMT -5

Lapidary Discussion Topics

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No New Posts Rock Tumbling - 14 Viewing

Rock tumbling discussion topics including rotary or vibe methods, recipes, grits, cleanup, etc. Get help from world class rock tumbling experts

5,020 62,200 Tiger eye. 33B
by krissykitty
May 9, 2021 20:11:36 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 4 Viewing

Show off your latest batch of tumbles, or post photos of all things related to rock tumbling

3,601 49,393 Polishing rocks from Yuma Arizona
by Wooferhound
May 9, 2021 19:30:11 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 2 Viewing

All things related to creating cabochons, including photos of your latest masterpieces, works in progress, or requests for advice

11,145 148,645 a few from the other day
by rockjunquie
May 9, 2021 21:03:28 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping - 1 Viewing

Show off your latest creative use of wire, or get advice on all things related to wire wrapping

4,824 59,676 one
by rockjunquie
May 9, 2021 20:58:02 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing - 2 Viewing

Discussions and photos related to the art of metal smithing with silver, gold, or any other metals

941 13,191 First go at metalsmithing.
by standles
May 9, 2021 20:46:24 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving

Discussions and photos related to the carving of rocks including tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

336 4,696 carving soapstone with hand tools
by hummingbirdstones
May 8, 2021 20:36:46 GMT -5
No New Posts Creations, intarsia, glass, metal, etc.

Show off your finished creations, or on-going projects, using various materials or methods that exercise your creativity and expand your lapidary skills, while inspiring others to grow with you

1,636 24,706 Not mine
by fernwood
Apr 26, 2021 5:17:41 GMT -5
No New Posts Faceting, Gem Cutting, and Gemstones

Discussions and photos related to gemstones and faceting including specimens, tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

103 1,487 My first agate find!
by paulshiroma
Apr 27, 2021 14:54:00 GMT -5
No New Posts Sphere Making

Discussion and photos of all things related to the art of sphere making, including techniques, equipment, and showing off your finished specimens

151 2,642 What size polishing pads
by butcha
May 2, 2021 1:47:23 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary DIY Articles and Tutorials - 1 Viewing

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for lapidary specific posts that are deemed exceptional and informative, and important to be preserved as a topic specific article or DIY tutorial. Please do not post questions in these areas - posts are created here as topic specific tutorials or moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock Tumbling Tutorials, Creating Cabochons Tutorials, Wire Wrapping Tutorials, Metal Smithing Tutorials, Other Articles and Tutorials

100 2,908 Lace agate tutorial- Huge # of pics
by stephan
Apr 19, 2021 13:59:33 GMT -5

Additional Rock Related Topics

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No New Posts Rock Sciences, Articles and Information

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for rock sciences related posts that are specifically written in article format. Please do not post questions in these areas. Posts here are created as topic specific articles, or they are judged by staff to be exceptional and informative on a rock sciences subject, and are moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock and Mineral Identification, Geology 101, Archaeology and Artifacts, Paleontology and Fossils, Astronomy, Impacts, Physics

545 4,389 Nevada Pearl String Gold Project
by 1dave
May 9, 2021 11:49:20 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 9 Viewing

All things rock related that don't really seem to fit into a specific category.

13,354 144,461 Black residue after cleaning
by Wooferhound
May 9, 2021 16:52:11 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 6 Viewing

We want to see your rock slabs, fresh off the saw. Saws, blades, maintenance, refurbishing, or just cutting rocks in general

6,055 62,498 Latest from Altamont
by Rockoonz
May 9, 2021 20:46:12 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 6 Viewing

Equipment related discussions including repairs, maintenance, refurbishing vintage equipment, or show us your home made equipment projects


1,851 23,124 barrel lids
by pebbles1
May 9, 2021 15:53:00 GMT -5
No New Posts Specimen Photos - 4 Viewing

Show us your specimen pieces, polished or not. Slabs or thunder-eggs or any other rock related item destined for a display case because it is just too beautiful or too important to cut up

3,448 39,419 Blue agate
by Brian
May 9, 2021 20:14:59 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts - 1 Viewing

Discussions and photos of all things related to fossils and ancient human artifacts

1,119 11,985 Full moon
by birdbrain
Apr 26, 2021 17:53:43 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help

Post photos and ask questions to get help identifying your unknown rocks and specimens

2,870 23,799 Chrysocolla in What?
by rockjunquie
May 9, 2021 14:44:02 GMT -5

Member Community Pages

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No New Posts Member Photography - 2 Viewing

A place for posting all of those pictures that don't quite fit into any of the other categories - vacations, puppies, etc.

9,902 136,206 ATTENTION Photography Buffs: Camera Recommendations Needed
by Brian
May 4, 2021 15:20:55 GMT -5
No New Posts Competition and Fun Contests - 3 Viewing

Join in the various competitions and games that members create just for fun

771 25,293 *~ WINNER ~* Cabochon Challenge April 2021 FOSSILS
by opalpyrexia
May 9, 2021 10:43:28 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 6 Viewing

Organize a rockhounding trip, request location information, advertise a show, or post your trip report with lots of pictures for us to enjoy

2,693 31,930 Northern California?
by rockhoundingwithkids
May 9, 2021 14:58:39 GMT -5
No New Posts Vendor Reviews and advice - 2 Viewing

Leave a helpful review for a vendor or request information or recommendations on which vendor to choose

1,337 10,973 Graves Lapidary?
by rockindad
May 9, 2021 19:48:20 GMT -5
No New Posts RTH Marketplace, Buy Sell Trade - 1 Viewing

Members with at least 100 community quality posts can post new threads here to sell or trade rock related items. All members are eligible to respond and purchase. Buyer and seller beware - RTH is not responsible for the success or security of any transactions that occur here.

3,427 29,046 African Blue Lace Agate
by standles
May 9, 2021 18:56:45 GMT -5
No New Posts Life in General, Off-topic Chit-Chat Area - 5 Viewing

Lighthearted discussions about topics related to life in general and all other non-polarizing subjects.

11,970 161,711 Major pipeline to the East Coast attacked by hackers
by standles
May 9, 2021 18:59:19 GMT -5


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mohs: May 7, 2021 9:47:12 GMT -5
rickb: May 7, 2021 14:33:48 GMT -5
mohs: not bad sauteed w/lit garlic'nbutter May 7, 2021 15:35:23 GMT -5
terry808: still can't post a picture and I've been tying for half an hour...urls inserted from imgur don't work...can't find anything but useless tutorials for help...any humans help people with this around here? I'm old but I'm not stupid... May 7, 2021 16:13:41 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: - if you could paste the URL of the photo in the shout box, I can insert it in your thread about the saw, if you'd like. May 7, 2021 19:11:29 GMT -5
Pat: I use Flickr, then transfer the photo to my thread. , we need help here. May 7, 2021 19:37:14 GMT -5
stephan: I seem to remember reading that we can’t use Imgur, due to their rules. , I’ll second Pat. Flickr is easy. May 7, 2021 23:16:19 GMT -5
jasoninsd: Spring is here! I got so excited I wet my plants. May 8, 2021 0:38:37 GMT -5
rickb: Wash your hands. May 8, 2021 6:46:50 GMT -5 *
jasoninsd: Rick, no washing necessary. My thumb is green, not yellow or brown! LOL (Actually, it's not green at all...I believe in plastic plants for a reason...I can't keep a plant alive to save my life! LOL) May 8, 2021 8:27:32 GMT -5
mohs: May 8, 2021 11:14:58 GMT -5
parfive: Ayatellah you again, Ed . . . don’t forget to uncheck the prechecked box. May 8, 2021 12:56:19 GMT -5
mohs: May 8, 2021 14:52:35 GMT -5
1dave: SCIENCE is a collection of opinions. May 9, 2021 9:30:23 GMT -5
mohs: falsifiable opinions... more or less... May 9, 2021 9:37:51 GMT -5 *
mohs: May 9, 2021 9:38:44 GMT -5
parfive: Johnny the Swift, January 9, 1720 - Reasoning will never make a man correct an ill opinion which by reasoning he never acquired, for, in the course of things, men always become vicious before they become unbelievers. May 9, 2021 14:46:18 GMT -5
mohs: only through argument
can a truer approximation
of reality
be apprehended
from the minutia
of scientific data
May 9, 2021 19:40:43 GMT -5
Wooferhound: I was Blinded by Science May 9, 2021 19:41:31 GMT -5
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